Things to See and Do in Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands

Friday September 10, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

1582 St. Joris Doelen Guild House, Middelburg, Zeeland

Take a picture in front of the St. Joris Doelen Guild House, built in 1582

Best Things to See and Do in Middleburg, Zeeland The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the abbey which dates back to 1120. When I crave Middelburg cuisine, I turn to a cafe on the plaza. To escape work I go for a walk down Kuperspoort – Cooper’s Gate. For complete quiet, I can hide away in a secret garden. If you come to Middelburg, get your picture taken by one of 1,001 monuments.

Middelburg is my one stop shop for Boterbabbelaars – a hard butterscotch candy. When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I order hot frites, served in a cone. Photo ops in Middelburg include Tall John and houseboats on the canal. The best vantage points are taken by climbing the clock tower – all 204 stairs! The most random thing about Middelburg is the 1850’s strip show at the Zeeuws Museum. Have I got your attention?

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When I’m feeling cash strapped I order hot frites, served in a cone.

In  Middelburg, an active day outdoors involves walking and bicycling. There are three walking routes to follow in Middelburg. Middelburg’s best museum is the Zeeuws Museum with its Flemish tapestries.  Watch the short video for a preview. You can tell a lot about Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland, from visiting the town hall. In the spring you should look at the tulips. In the summer you should attend the art and culture route and a ring rider event. In the fall you should visit the opera.

Tall John, Middelburg, Zeeland, Holland

Tall John – A photo opportunity in Middelburg, Zeeland

In the winter you should sit by a cracking fire after ice skating. A hidden gem in Middelburg is the East Church with 17th century Baroque style. Spanish Street is typical Dutch architecture. Just outside of  Middelburg you can visit Zierikzee and see the boat museum. The best way to see Middelburg is to walk or take a boat on the canal. If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Miniatuur Walcheren. What are your favorite things to see and do in Middelburg,  Netherlands?

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For complete quiet, I can hide away in a secret garden in Middelburg

For more information on Middelburg, Zeeland click here. I was a guest of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions. Related Posts: Things to See and Do in Zeeland, Netherlands Things to See and Do in Zeil, Netherlands

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Things to See and Do in Half Moon Bay, California

Friday September 3, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 2 Comments

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The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the beach in Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay  is located 30 miles south of San Francisco on the California coast.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Surfer’s Beach to see the ocean.

When I crave Half Moon Bay cuisine, I turn to Ketch Joannes at the harbor for seafood in a down-home setting with gorgeous harbor views.

Enjoy the water view at Sam’s Chower House

To escape work I take a drive up to Skyline (Hwy 35) to drive through the redwoods, or if you don’t have time, head to Sam’s Chowder House for a lobster roll and a glass of wine while enjoying the water view.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at Casey’s Café.

 

 

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Come to Half Moon Bay in California, get your picture taken at Pillar Point Harbor

If you come to Half Moon Bay, get your picture taken at Pillar Point Harbor with all the boats.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Duarte’s in Pescadero, order the half and half soup.  Half cream of artichoke and half green chile soup!

Half Moon Bay is my one stop shop for all things pumpkin.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Milano’s Restaurant in Stone Pine Center or Camerons Inn and Pub.

For a huge splurge, I go to Cetrella, Navio at the Ritz, La Costanoa, Café Gibralter, or Pasta Moon.

Photo ops in Half Moon Bay include Main Street, pumpkin patches, harbor, ocean, Mavericks, or the bluffs by the Ritz-Carlton.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Montara Mountain in nearby Montara.

The most random thing about Half Moon Bay is the Pumpkin Festival and Maverick’s Surf Contest.

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An active day in Half Moon Bay involves horseback riding with Sea Horse ranch on Poplar Beach

In Half Moon Bay, an active day outdoors involves walking , hiking, bicycling, kayaking, horseback riding or surfing.

My favorite walking route is the  Purissima Redwoods with streams, redwoods and ferns. The Coastal Trail is pretty spectacular, too.

Half Moon Bay’s best museum is the Johnston House and The Jail.

For a night of dancing, go to Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. (great local bands), or The Old Princeton Landing.

The Ritz-Carlton is the spot for late night dining.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read the Half Moon Bay Review or go to the Half Moon Bay Chamber calendar.

You can tell a lot about this Northern California coastal community from visiting  Pescadero and watching a rodeo event, attending Farmer of the Year at IDES in the spring or buying fresh fish and crab directly from the fisherman at Pillar Point Harbor.

In the spring you should attend Dream machines  on the last Sunday in April.

In the summer you should attend Tour des Fleurs held on the third Sat. of July.

In the fall you should visit all the pumpkin farms & Pumpkin Fest held in October.

In the winter you should  cut your own Christmas tree at all the Christmas Tree Farms.

A hidden gem in Half Moon Bay is outdoor dining at It’s Italia – five fireplaces and delicious Cal-Italian prepared with local ingredients.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Three Zero Café at the Half Moon Bay Airport. For bakery good go to Moonside Bakery in La Piazza (fresh baked breads, pies, scones, cookies, yum!)

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Visit Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero, outside of Half Moon Bay, California

Just outside of  Half Moon Bay you can visit the little town of Pescadero; have lunch at  Duarte’s Tavern.  Don’t miss Harley Farms for goat cheese Be sure to take one of their tours, but sign up in advance, as they sell out.

The best way to see Half Moon Bay is to walk  Main Street and visit Pillar Point harbor.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Lemos Farm and Pastorino Farms on Hwy 92.

What are your favorite things to do in Half Moon Bay? For more information Half Moon Bay insider tips.

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Photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.

Best Things to See and Do in Zeil, Netherlands

Friday August 27, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 7 Comments

Brouwersdam Surfcentrum, Zeil

Things to Do in Brouwersdam Surfcentrum, Zeil

In the United States, windsurfing is a popular sport. Windsurfers are spotted everywhere, from the San Francisco Bay to Oregon’s Columbia Gorge.

On a spring visit to Zeil, Netherlands, I learned that windsurfing is a popular sport for the Dutch, as well. Check out the body slide in the YouTube video.

   

What are your favorite things to do in Zeeland – or Zealand as it is called in the United States?

Photo and YouTube video by Nancy D. Brown.  I was a guest of  the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions.

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